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Bladen County Schools Departments provide summer services and prepares for the 2015-2016 school year

posted Jul 23, 2015, 1:22 PM by Valerie Newton   [ updated Jul 23, 2015, 1:26 PM ]
Have you ever wondered what happens at Bladen County Schools when students go home for the summer? As it turns out...quite a bit. With the closing of the 2014-2015 school year, departments in the district transition to getting ready for the next school year, providing summer services and upgrading facilities. Re-plumbing of pipes and installation of in-floor sinks at Elizabethtown Primary and roof replacement and installation of gutters at Plain View are just a couple of examples.

Child Nutrition Services, in partnership with the Southeast United Dairy Industry Association’s Seamless Summer Feeding Program, is providing free meals to children. From June 15 to August 14 it provides breakfast and lunch at five sites to ensure our youth are receiving meals throughout the summer.

The Curriculum and Instruction department offered a STEM Summer Camp during the week of July 13th to students in grades 3rd through 8th.  In partnership with Bladen Community College, Jones Lake State Park, The Poe Center and Follett, campers were able to participate in hands-on, interactive learning activities developed around science, technology, engineering, and math.

High school laptops are arriving at the Technology Center, where staff is preparing them for deployment to students on August 17th and 18th.  Bladen County is one of several districts in the state that has shifted to digital teaching and learning through its one-to-one laptop program that is instrumental in preparing students for the future.

The Exceptional Children’s department’s focus is on summer professional development, and implementing further training for both regular education and exceptional children’s teachers around inclusion. The department is also working with school sites to ensure their playgrounds are accessible to all students, including those with physical disabilities.

“All of our departments are working hard to prepare for the upcoming school year. They are making sure that all programs and services are working for our students, and ensuring we have a smooth transition to the 2015-2016 school year,” said Superintendent Dr. Robert Taylor.